For over 2 years, members of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Committee have been planning for the Centennial Gala in recognition of 100 years of service to our community and around the world. The Caesars unanticipated strike posed a massive last-minute complication, however in true Rotarian form, the committee rose to the challenge and succeeded to host a hugely successful, beautifully elegant and truly powerful celebration. The evening of Saturday, May 12th was an example of what Rotarian Fellowship is all about.


Many thanks to Jennifer Jones, Past Rotary International Vice President for leading as the master of ceremonies, and to the speakers of the evening; President Colleen Mitchell, President Elect Jules Hawkins,  District 6400 Governor Dr. Rick Caron, Past President and Centennial Committee Chair Maureen Lucas and Rotary International President Ian Riseley.





This evening would not have been possible without the dedication and determination of Rotarian Greg DeHetre who organized to have SHŌ and Lights Sound Action Entertainment Services transform the hall into an unbelievable, elegant space. Thanks also goes out to the Greek Community Hall for providing their facility on such short notice, to Lorraine from Anything and Everything, Dream Weddings by Veve Karasavvas, Modish Lounge Rentals, City of Windsor (Parks & Rec) and the Windsor Symphony String Quartet. Amazing things happen when the right teams come together.

Some highlights of the evening include:

The poem "A Certain Truth", written as a dedication to Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) by Poet Laureate Emeritus Marty Gervais was read by Past President Peter Hrastovec.






One Hundred Stories: A Rotary Play written by Peter Hrastovec and presented by actors Michael O'Reilly and Shayla Hudson.


National Anthems sung by the amazing voices of singers from ACT’s production of Dream Girls:
- Oh Canada; Rochelle Day
- Star Spangeled Banner; Florene Ndimubandi
- Advance Australia Fair; Valene Daniel
Rotary International President Ian Riseley gave a warm, inspiring speech about his experiences in Rotary, and what the future holds.